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African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force, the United Nations envoy for the Sahel region said Wednesday.

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan promises to restore peace

Maiduguri - Boko Haram launched an attack on Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, one day after President Goodluck Jonathan visited as part of his re-election campaign, and two days after the militant group raided the village of Kambari, killing 15 people.

For Nigerian opposition supporters, no wait is too long

Kaduna - Aliyu Abdulrazhi had been on his feet since 6:00 am but had no intention of leaving Muhammadu Buhari's presidential campaign rally in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits

Maiduguri - Boko Haram fighters on Sunday overran a strategic town in northeastern Nigeria and seized a military base, as Secretary of State John Kerry pledged further US support against the militants.

Kerry heads to Nigeria amid tensions over polls, Boko Haram

Lagos - US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Nigeria Sunday, just weeks away from closely fought elections overshadowed by fears about mounting Boko Haram violence and poll-related unrest.

Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 villagers in Nigeria's northeast

Maiduguri - Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the city which is the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency and where President Goodluck Jonathan is to launch his re-election campaign Saturday.

Attack me if you dare, Boko Haram chief taunts 'African kings'

Yaound - The head of Boko Haram -- the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau -- has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group as they call for a united effort to crush it.

Cameroon raid frees German hostage held by Boko Haram

Cameroon said Wednesday its forces have freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram, as African leaders appealed to the United Nations for support in fighting the Islamist militants.

Op-Ed: Are the Paris massacres religious?

New York - Some human beings are violent. Some are religious. Some are one or the other. Some are both. Some are neither. Is there such a thing as religious violence per se?

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria's neighbours

Kano - Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a massive attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a new video published online on Tuesday evening.

Hundreds flee Nigeria villages 'after Boko Haram threats'

Kano - Hundreds of people from four villages near the devastated Nigerian town of Baga were forced to flee after Boko Haram militants told them to leave or face consequences, witnesses said Tuesday.

Hundreds flee Nigeria villages after Boko Haram warning

Kano - Hundreds of people from four villages near the Nigerian town of Baga have been forced to flee their homes after a warning from Boko Haram militants, witnesses and community leaders said Tuesday.

Boko Haram frees hostages as Chad enters regional fight

- Boko Haram freed two dozen hostages after a mass abduction by its militants in Cameroon, as Chad prepared Monday to engage in the international battle against the extremist group.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 60 in deadly Cameroon attack

- Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped at least 60 people in a deadly attack in northern Cameroon, police said, in the latest cross-border raid by the Nigeria-based Islamist group.

Thousands see off Chadian troops to fight Boko Haram

Ndjame - Tens of thousands of people joined a march in N'Djamena on Saturday in support of Chadian troops heading to Nigeria and Cameroon to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram survivor told not to search for children, 'we killed them'

Kano - Kaltuma Wari came out of hiding to look for her 57-year-old husband and six of her nine children after Boko Haram attacked her hometown of Baga in northeast Nigeria.

Chad army vehicles head for Cameroon to fight Boko Haram

Ndjame - Dozens of Chadian tanks headed out of the capital Friday south towards Cameroon to help fight Nigeria's dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Spain arrests two migrants in sea killings

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they had arrested two Cameroonian migrants accused of killing up to ten Nigerians by pushing them from a boat into stormy waters after a fight during an attempt to reach Spain.

Nigerian president visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

Maiduguri - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan paid a surprise visit Thursday to the heartland of the Boko Haram movement after satellite pictures showed massive destruction in two northern towns razed by the Islamist fighters.

Boko Haram 'killed woman in labour' during attack: Amnesty

Lagos - Boko Haram fighters killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared to be the deadliest attack in the militants' six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday.

Insecurity dominates as crunch vote looms for Nigeria

Lagos - Boko Haram violence is threatening Nigeria's presidential elections next month, with no let-up in attacks and vast tracts of territory effectively struck off the electoral map.

'Vicious' Boko Haram attacks send over 11,000 fleeing to Chad

Geneva - The United Nations on Tuesday said that the latest wave of Boko Haram's "vicious, ruthless attacks" in northeastern Nigeria had sent 11,320 people fleeing into Chad in a matter of days.

'Piles of bodies' in attacked Boko Haram town: Fisherman

Kano - When Borye Kime crept back into the fishing town of Baga in northeast Nigeria in the early hours of Monday, a weak moon shone on a grisly sight. "It is corpses everywhere," he told AFP.

'Corpses everywhere' as Boko Haram still 'control' Nigeria town

Kano - Boko Haram remains in control of the northeast Nigerian town of Baga more than a week after a massacre feared to be the worst since the insurgency began, a resident said on Monday.

Boko Haram attacks Cameroon military base

Yaound - Nigerian Boko Haram Islamists launched an attack Monday on a military base in northwest Cameroon, forcing many to flee the area, the official sources said.

NE Nigeria hit by wave of suicide bombings as violence spikes

Kano - Four people were killed in suicide attacks by two female bombers on Sunday in the latest deadly violence in northeast Nigeria after the military appealed for support to help fight Boko Haram.

Boko Haram suspected after girl, 10, blows herself up in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Two explosions rocked northeast Nigeria on Saturday, including one by a female suicide bomber thought to be just 10 years old who blew herself up in a crowded market, as the US condemned a bloody spike in Boko Haram violence.

Suicide bombing by young girl in NE Nigeria kills 10

Maiduguri - At least 10 people were killed on Saturday when a young girl, thought to be aged about 10, blew herself up at a crowded market in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the Red Cross and vigilantes said.

Boko Haram clash with Nigeria troops as govt vows fightback

Kano - Boko Haram fought running battles with Nigerian troops in a restive northeast city on Friday, as the government vowed to win back territory lost to the militants in recent months.
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